Third Party Logistics and Automation - Everything You Need to Know
The warehouse industry never stays static in the order fulfilment process. As customer demand increases, distribution logistics must be changed to face the challenges created by fluctuating product markets and shipping schedules.
Warehouses equipped with automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) coupled with RFID technology can reap serious financial benefits by maximising storage space and reduce overall operating costs.
Companies that adopt the latest innovations to keep up and stay competitive in such a demanding economic environment will be the most profitable. Management trends should be evaluated, streamlined and consolidated to develop efficient processes designed to create the most exceptional customer experience.
Enhance Operational Processes
Companies are evaluating their operational processes to determine the best areas where tasks can be automated. Mobility technologies, data systems, conveyor belts and other automation and technology improvements can change lead times and increase delivery satisfaction. Order fulfilment and distribution logistics can no longer be ignored. Any operational obstacles must be addressed for any solution to be effective.
Automated warehousing can support with space savings, lower building costs, improved productivity, more efficient material flow, less people, safer operations, reductions in inventory, increased reliability, reduced running costs, better ROI and lowest lifecycle cost.
Transform a Manual Based Warehouse into a Fully Automated Space
Does it have to be completely re-designed?
Many of Fullers Logistics customers have asked the same question. Firstly, it is important to understand the existing operation by doing a Logistic Audit. You can then understand the future requirements (strategy) for the operation and then determine what is the most appropriate process to support this change.
It may mean that some of the processes can stay the same but some due to the increased volumes, automation needs to be considered. For these process areas, it is possible to look at different technology concepts to determine which would be the right solution.
The implementation of any changes can be reviewed to determine whether it could be installed in phases and reducing the impact on the existing operation.
Warehouse Management Systems for Multi-Channel Solutions
eCommerce retailers are using multiple online buying channels to reach customers and fulfil orders. It is not surprising that companies like this require more scalable warehouse management solutions to ship products in the fastest possible time along the shortest shipping routes.
Third party logistic providers such as Fullers Logistics are growing their services to support these changes in demand. Many warehouse managers are taking advantage of this growing trend, shipping products to customers and stores at faster speeds and lower prices.
If you are looking to outsource any aspect of your supply chain, you need to find a partner who understands your business as well as you do. Someone who can provide you with a solution that can scale up or down as your business needs change. A partner that will constantly look for ways to improve processes, increase efficiency and share any cost savings made. Most importantly, someone that you can trust to get the job done and someone that always gives your business the attention it deserves.
Whatever you are selling, however you are selling it, wherever you need help in the supply chain; Fullers Logistics can develop a tailored solution to meet your needs.